Your chance for great deals on RPG Maker products runs out in less than 24 hours! Don’t let the Dark Lord win, pick up what you need for your game today!
Don’t have a project going right now? It’s the perfect time to start a small one to participate in our Learning Together Game Jam! The rules are pretty simple: Made in RPG Maker, Made completely between Oct 20 and Nov 3, and a few other details, make sure to check out the link!
Don’t worry if your game isn’t perfect. Game Jams are about experimenting and having fun. Just get out there, have fun, and make something!
Don’t have any inspiration? Why not pick up one of the numerous excellent games in the sale? Such as fantastic RPG Maker games like Last Word and Skyborn, both 80% off and ready to inspire you to greatness!
Need a bit of Steam cash to buy those games? Make sure to enter our MASSIVE Giveaway, featuring $1,000 in steam wallet codes, and tons of Degica Games!
We have the engines you need, the resources you need, the inspiration you need, and the event to drive you to complete your project. So what are you waiting for?
You can check out all the new games and events on the page here, but for the RPG Maker stuff, you can keep on reading:
As an extension of our previous Learning Together event, it is time for the Learning Together Game Jam! Put that knowledge you gained to the test to make a small game, starting today, and ending November 3rd!
You can use any version of RPG Maker to make your game, but with RPG Maker MV half off, it is the perfect time to pick it up if you haven’t already.
You can read the full rules and details of the contest over on the Steam forums.
Karugamo returns, with Contemporary BGM Pack 01, the first in a new series, that features 25 new BGM tracks, all with a modern flair. From cities to factories, from shops to towns, this pack will enhance and bring out the atmosphere of your modern setting game.
Another new series, Katakura Hibiki brings some of RPG Maker MV’s monsters to life in his own style with MV Monsters Vol 1. With reimaginings of 8 of the RPG Maker MV’s monsters and 2 of its characters, this pack adds some excellent style to your games repertoire.
Filled with tragedy and despair, the Emotional Music Pack makes its debut on Steam! With 15 tracks by Richard John S. this pack can evoke the true depth of sorrow you are hoping to achieve.
And our final addition to Steam for the sale, Animations Collection Quintessence brings you 27 brand-new animations for magical, physical, restorative, or even monster attacks!
But we don’t want to focus on just the new! With this sale going on, it is a great time to grab some old favorites. Get your horror on with Pop! Horror City. Add a whole new cast with the RPG Maker MV Cover Art Pack. Bring new types of environments to your maps with the RPG Maker MV Essentials Set. Or plan a daring theft with the Heist Music Pack.
With all these new packs, and these great deals, getting involved in our Game Jam should be a cinch! And for some solid inspiration, don’t forget to check out the full list of amazing Degica Games on sale as well!
Happy game making everyone, we look forward to seeing what YOU make.
One thing about RPG Maker, that I think is interesting, and fairly unique among game engines, is that it has built a community around itself.
I myself, though I’ve used RPG Maker itself much longer, got involved with RPG Maker Forums probably around, 9 years ago. If I remember correctly, I came in and helped on figuring out what a few bits of code in a Japanese VX script did.
Then somehow. It stuck. I kept posting, made friends, became a moderator. Became a GMod. Became an Admin. Then I was hired by Degica to help with RPG Maker marketing, then we made the official forums and… That is really where I got to where I am today. Now, there are other communities around RPG Maker, such as the RMN community (which I do quite like), but I’m going to focus on the one I know best: the official forums.
But, this article isn’t really about me.
It is about the community.
In my opinion, if you are using RPG Maker and not taking advantage of the community, you are making a mistake. And here is why:
Here is the thing. If you send in questions about how to do something to me in message on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll try to help you. I really will. But I’m just one man.
The forums contain TONS of people who are very knowledgeable in using RPG Maker, and they are almost always prepared to give you an answer. So while you might have to wait for me to wake up (I do have to sleep), there is probably someone on the forums, right now, who could give you the answer to your question.
There are even things I don’t even know how to do, like check out this huge thread on help with the Damage Formula box! I know the basics, but the specifics covered here are things I would have to look up myself.
And speaking of something I CAN’T do, there is plenty of neat art and music resources just waiting for you to be found. I’ve highlighted a few before, but the amount of resources available to users on our forums is just. Staggeringly high.
Need a random animal sprite. They’ve got you covered.
Need some different hair gradients fro the generator… that is covered too.
You can also find amazing free resource packs that are made by the community Restaff team and guests!
I’m going to keep this one short, because it is basically would just be repeating things from the last entry: Basically, in most cases, if you want something, it exists. Just get out there and dig it up.
At a crossroads on what to do next in your game? Why not ask the community what they think?
Have a screenshot you want to get some feedback on? Just jump over to the forums.
Want to know what people think of a specific mechanic? The community will probably have an opinion.
Feedback is a valuable tool, and the community is a great way to get it.
Look, making a game is a long process. It is a lot of work. And sometimes… it is just useful having a bunch of people who talk to who are in the same spot.
You can always take a load off and discuss some other things. Make friends! Help them with their games. Answer a few questions in support.
This is what makes the community a community. And there are a lot of great people in it. Some of my best friends, I only met because of the RM community. Don’t pass up your chance to be part of it.
How do you use the community? What have been your experiences with it. Tell us in the comments below!
So you don’t just want to make a game. You want to make a game that people play.
To be fair, this isn’t necessarily everyone’s goal, some of you out there may want to just make a game and finish, for your own satisfaction. But, a lot of RPG Maker users, at least from my experience, want people to play their games, get feedback, and hear back from people who enjoyed it.
Now, this time, I’m going to talk about how to get your game NOTICED. It may not make it good, but it will probably get people paying attention.
The solution: Something Unique. Or, well, at least out of the ordinary. Now, to stress: Uniqueness will not make your game better. Execution makes your game better. You could make a game that was a lot like other games, and execute it perfectly and have a fantastic game.
But if it looks and feels like everything else… It will probably get ignored, and no one will ever play it. Uniqueness can enhance a game. But it will not make it on its own.
There are plenty of things you can change to make a unique game, such as:
Huuuge amounts of RPG Maker games are set in generic fantasy Medieval environments. Just a ton of RPG Maker games in general are.
I know it isn’t fair, but every single RPG Maker game I look at that is that generic Fantasy Medieval, I tend to dismiss immediately. And I’m sure I’m not alone.
You may think: But if the materials are already out there, a bunch of other people are already using them! You would think that, but actually, I’ve very rarely seen a completed game using most of the stuff that is out there. Grab on to a different setting and go.
If you are an artist yourself, you can do something even more eye-catching. Just use a unique art style.
There have been several IGMC entries that I remember that did this, but the one that really sticks with me is Little Briar Rose.
You see that and you are intrigued. That DEFINITELY looks like something other than just another RPG Maker game. Art is one of the easiest ways to draw attention to a game. That may not seem like it is very fair for the non-artists out there but it is true.
There are hundreds of RPG Maker projects, so most people make quick decisions on which ones to play, and something that is obvious at a glance is going to be the easiest.
Most RPG Maker games are well, standard RPGs. The main focus of the game is fights where you take a sword/spear/mace/magic and bash monsters in the face with them. And once again, this doesn’t make a game bad. But, if you want to pull people in with the focus of y our game, this one isn’t going to cut it.
But what if you focused on something else entirely?
A good example of this is the RPG Maker game Last Word.
Instead of being about bashing things, it is about… talking. The entire “combat” system is built around it. This change in focus makes it a lot different than a lot of other games, and gives people a reason to be interested.
There are plenty of other ways to have uniqueness in your game. What ways do you use? What ways COULD you use? Join us in the comments section below!
So you’ve downloaded the program, opened it up, and are seeing the Engine for the first time. RPG Creator is not hard to use, but at first glance, there is so much to do that it can be a bit overwhelming. That is why we’ve prepared this quick start guide, to get you on your way to making your game, your way.
This won’t be a tutorial. It won’t explain how to do everything, but it will give you the basics of where to get started and how things work together. You can download the PDF version here.
Toggle the event layer and click on a tile.
Add Event – Adds an event.
Starting Position – Set the start position of the player.
Vehicle Position – Set the start position of one of the vehicles.
Event Execution Detail is the window where you will enter Event Commands. Because there is so much of them, please refer to System -> Help -> Event Command Help
You can make a simple game with just a little bit of knowledge, but the more you learn, the more your game can grow. Here are some tips that should help you out.
So get out there, and be the game dev you’ve always wanted to be!
We’ve just launched a new iOS app called “RPG Creator”. Like RPG Maker, it’s a tool designed to help you easily create RPG’s. Check out the launch trailer below.
RPG Creator is a completely separate product from the RPG Maker series for PC, with a different development team (and company).
We believe that in the future, RPG Making should be a fluid experience. In the experience we dream of, you would be able to start a project on your PC, draw maps and event on your tablet, record sound effects or voice acting lines on your phone and then bring it all together on your PC again to finish up and send out to every platform. This is the first step towards that goal.
If RPG Creator proves to be popular, we will invest more heavily into it’s development, such as looking at ways of integrating it with RPG Maker as well as creating an Android version.
To help spread the word about RPG Creator, we’ve got a few events going on.
RPG Creator Rebate
RPG Creator is Free to Play (ad supported) but you can also pick up the “Premium” version which has some extra features. As a special thank you to the RPG Maker community, we’ve set up a Rebate. If you purchase the Premium version of RPG Creator, simply forward a copy (or screenshot) of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set you up with a $5 credit for the RPG Maker Web store.
RPG Creator Giveaway
We’re also running a giveaway for the next 2 weeks. There’s iTunes gift cards, RPG Maker Web Store Credit, and Degica Games up for grabs! You can enter below:
So with the Learning Together Event currently ongoing, and our sale in full swing (visit the store for 30-60% off EVERYTHING), I thought it was a good time to talk about something that is at the core of the event. I’m going to teach you to teach better. Yep. It’s time to get meta.
Teaching is something I’ve always been interested in. In fact, for a long portion of my life, I actually wanted to work as a teacher (I still, in fact, wouldn’t mind it, but I think I’m a little to set in my ways to go back to school for it). I’ve always enjoyed seeing people grow in skill and knowledge and know that I was a part of that growth.
So, you want to teach. You want someone to learn. Well, here are a few tips on things I’ve found make you better, whether you want to teach one on one, or you are going to be writing tutorials. From this point forward, I am going to refer to however you are teaching as a “lesson” just so I don’t have to specify both writing and teaching one on one each time.
It is important to have a clear idea of what it is you are trying to communicate with the lesson you are currently teaching. This may seem really obvious, and it IS, but you need to always keep it in mind. It is incredibly easy to get off topic onto things that aren’t relevant to what you are trying to get across.
Every time you get off subject it muddles the lesson. Muddled lessons are hard to understand. Stay on topic.
Another important thing to identify is what your student ALREADY knows. When teaching one on one, this is a little bit more simple. You can evaluate their level of proficiency just by looking at the things they’ve done.
With a tutorial, it is a bit tricky. You can’t know for sure what the 5, 10, or maybe 10,0000,000 people who will read your tutorial know. Instead. Look at what your tutorial teaches. Now, infer what someone who needs this knowledge SHOULD know. Yes, there are cases where you aren’t going to be accurate. Maybe someone is trying to punch above their weight class, but that is OK. Keeping it in mind is important, not always being 100% right.
The reason you want to do this is easy: You don’t have to repeat information the student already knows. You can reference it. You can keep your lesson streamlined. If you have to teach every concept, from the most basic to the most advanced, in what your lesson teaches, every single time, your lessons will be huge. Just like in the last section: Keep your lesson on point. Get in, teach what you want to teach, and get done.
There are two questions that are most important when teaching someone something new.
The first is How. Most people don’t mess this one up. To do this, do this. It is pretty simple. The second question, though? People forget that one all the time: Why?
Why do we do it that way and why does it work? These questions do more than walk people through the steps of accomplishing what you did, it expands on it, and gives them more insight into the tools used. Knowing WHY you do something and the mechanics of why it works, allows users to imagine more ways to use those functions.
And the more ways they know to use something, the more they can teach THEMSELVES. Many times when I write a tutorial, there is an end goal of the tutorial, like teaching how to do a timed button press mechanic, but underneath, the tutorial was really about teaching how to use a specific tool. In the case of that tutorial, it was loops. Knowing how to make a timed button press mechanic is specific. Knowing how to use loops opens a lot more doors.
It’s really easy to let a lesson you are giving get super mechanical. You explain in exacting words, in an exacting tone, and get your exact meaning across. It will also be so boring your student(s) have checked out 10 minutes in and are just drawing hearts in their notes around the names of their crushes. Wait. Let me consult with my daughter and make sure that is still a thing the kids do these days.
This one ISN’T easy. I know that I fall into a boring style sometimes myself. I usually try to keep things more lively by staying with a conversational tone. I type similar to the way I talk and try to sprinkle in jokes here and there, especially in picture caption asides (which I picked up from a certain comedy website). As long as you don’t distract from your main point: spice things up.
If you are boring, it just makes it harder for the student to engage.
So what do you think? Are these tips helpful? Do you have your own teachable teaching tips for us? Do you have questions about the tips above? Join us in the comments below!
The one thing that you’ll be doing, no matter how long you use RPG Maker, is learning.
Whether you’ve been using the program for 2 months or 2 decades, there are always new bits of info to learn, from the program itself, to coding, to resource creation, to just better game design!
We always stress how important it is to never stop trying to improve your skills, and so we are throwing a giant event to bring the community together in this valuable endeavor.
Welcome to our Learning Together Event!
And to go along with the event, we’ve decided to add in a STORE WIDE SALE from now until noon September 23rd PST!
You can pick up any of our RPG Maker Engines for half off! This is a great time to upgrade to the newest engine, RPG Maker MV, yourself, or perhaps pick it up for a younger family member you can help teach!
Already have all the tools you need. Well don’t worry, you can also pick up the building blocks for your game as well.
But don’t forget about the event itself! In our community event, you can be one of 10 people to win a $50 RPG Maker Web Store Gift Card!
How do you participate? By Learning and Teaching with your fellow RPG Makers. Make tutorials, help answer questions on how to use the program, ask your own, just talk about game design in our discussion forums… There are tons of ways to get involved.
Even the RPG Maker team is continuing to learn. With our upcoming Visual Novel Maker release getting closer and closer, we’re learning a lot about an entirely different genre of games!
Jump over to the forums and get to work improving your skills, and helping everyone else improve theirs, and in no time, everyone will be a better RPG Maker!
RPG Maker MV has just had a brand new update on Steam, adding support for Japanese, Korean, and Traditional Chinese to all Steam versions!
MV’s OSX version had already had Japanese support on Steam, but now it is also available on Windows, and the Korean and Traditional Chinese language versions are brand new to RPG Maker MV!
This puts one of the easiest to use game creation engines in the hands of more people than ever before!
To celebrate all these RPG Maker users, present and future, who will now be able to use RPG Maker MV in their native language, we’ve decided it is a great time for a monumental RPG Maker MV Sale!
That is the highest discount RPG Maker MV has ever had, and the perfect opportunity for you to update! Already using RPG Maker MV? We also have three DLC making their debut on Steam!
DLC 1 brought to you by Pioneer Valley Games, Medieval: Knights Templar extends their Medieval sets with pieces to make your own powerfully heavily armored knights!
DLC 2, from Joel Steudler, perfectly complements PVGs graphics packs, with music built on Ye Olde Style instruments, in his Medieval Music Pack!
And for DLC 3, Murray Atkinson brings you the Epic Strings, featuring dynamic music for your game built on string instruments such as harps, violins, and cellos!
Get RPG Maker MV at 50% off, buy some DLC new to Steam, or just get it all! But don’t wait, the sale on MV ends in a week!